The Year Of The Dog

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

According to the Chinese astrological calendar, each year is related to an animal. February 16th, 2018 marked the beginning of the Earth Dog Year.

Were you born in a Dog Year?  Here are a few more:  1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and the next will be in 2030.  Sorry, that doesn’t mean you get to count your age in dog years, but it does mean that your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9 and your lucky colors are red, green and purple.

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You share good fortune with these famous dogs:  Justin Bieber (a wood dog – 1994);  Michael Jackson (an earth dog, 1958), Steven Spielberg (a fire dog, 1946); Elvis Presley (a wood dog, 1935); and Mother Theresa (a gold dog 1910).

From Quilts and Pillow Panels to bookmarks and decorations, the EtsyCIJ team offers loads of lucky items to celebrate the Chinese New Year and our Earth Dog friends.  Feeling retro?  Check out the pottery dog dish or read through a vintage Ken-L-Ration booklet.  Have a look at some of these great finds.

Marta Gotliba from Gottliebtextiles says:  

The lace decor dog’s paw initially was sold as a Christmas tree decor. But after the season was over, my clients still kept buying them. I asked what for and turned out that this paw looked beautiful hung on the rear-view mirror of the clients’ cars.

Lace Paw Print Decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:  

Year of the Dog.  My Dog Bookmark is great for this as it is earthy in color and has the red Fire Hydrant. A fun way to mark your page in the book you are reading.

Dog Bookmark

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

As someone who is “owned” by two collies, I have always found stories of their loyalty and humor intriguing and heartwarming. You may remember this wonderful book from your own childhood and if not, it’s time to get reacquainted.

Buff A Collie and Other Dog Stories

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:  

This is a pillow for those who have a border collie. It makes a nice statement on your sofa or bed. The Year of the Dog is a chance to show how important these dedicated creatures are in our lives.

Argyle and Pup Mini Lumbar Pillow

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:  

Perfect gift for a dog lover or to use as a decorative prop.  Helpful hints, dog care advice, kitschy drawings – 31 pages of fun!

Vintage Ken-L-Ration Dog Care Booklet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

We just love dogs at Ms P Designs! Our dogs are part of the family, and we love that this is the “Year of the Dog” to honor our very special friends. We have several nursery quilt patterns that feature dogs, but this is our new favorite. These cute Huskies are so happy to have the chance to play outside on a cold winter day.

Husky Dogs PDF Appliqué

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

I paint portraits of dogs to order and in my shop, you can find a lot of different breeds of dogs. But especially to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog, I prepared these small, hand-painted home decorations with dogs. Of course, ten want to present Pekingese. If you don’t find your favorite breed in my shop, you can order the similar decoration with your pet.

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Pekingese DOG New Year Ornament

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:  

This sewing panel can be used as pillows, a wall hanging, a tote bag front, and much more. Dog lovers love to show off their pets and show them love so the Year of the Dog is right up their alley!

Dog Pillow Panel

Elizabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Cherish your Fur baby –
Dog memory gifts will put peace in our hearts.

Pet Loss Gift

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Items Of The Week: Coffee Or Tea

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Mommy And Baby

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new little one into our family — my neice’s new baby Scarlett. As closest ‘Auntie’, I get to babysit and cuddle and enjoy all the thrills of an infant and growing baby, and I am thrilled! I loved learning about how my teamies celebrate the beloved babies in their lives and what they offer to help the rest of us celebrate; check it out!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

It’s a girl! We are expecting our first granddaughter on Thanksgiving! Little girls like to dress up. Mommies and grandmas like to dress up little girls from hair to shoes! Girls can be expensive. Here’s a chalk elephant bank to savevfor her future. It holds lots of money in this big bank secured with a plug.

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Large Elephant Coin Bank Chalk Plaster Piggy Bank Retro 1940’s Yellow Hat Upward Trunk for GOOD LUCK Child’s Room Decor Child’s Bank Gift

After the birth of my son, I was inspired to create this piece after listening to the song “Carry” by Tori Amos. The quote: “here I will carry you forever” deeply resonated with me, and provided the jumping off point for this piece. Ultimately this powerful illustration symbolizes the idea that even after birth, I will always carry my son with me. A beautiful gift for new moms and a precious heirloom for children to come.

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Mother’s Heart and Child Print, Motherhood Illustration, Meaningful Gifts for Mothers Doulas, Nursery 8×10 Graphic Art Print, Wall Decor

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals said:

Adorable little colorful memory paci charms for the proud auntie and all the relatives. Great for purse, planners, anywhere a little color and bling is required! Congrats to all new moms!

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Kitschy bright acrylic binky – baby zipper pulls – shower favors – pacifier – stitch markers – diaper bag – new mom gift, LizPoriginals

There’s nothing like welcoming a new life into the word, full of hope and promise and dimpled cheeks and soft coos. Congrats Sheila and Shannon!

Whenever a new baby arrives in my extended family, the aunts and uncles and cousins go wild decorating the family’s front yard and door with signs and balloons and banners and storks.

Here’s a sweet heart full of baby love to welcome a new girl.

Our printable baby art is perfect for decorating a nursery or adding to printed and digital announcements.

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Pink Nursery decor, Baby shower gift, Printable Pastel Pink Baby Love art, baby girl’s room, baby shower party decor, diy pink heart poster

Vaishali Chudasama from NVillustration said:

Papercut portrait in layer its very beautiful customize portrait of her.

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Custom Baby Paper Portrait- Paper cut Portrait -First Borthday- Gift Idea- Birthday Gift- Baby Shower- Free shipping- NVillustration

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said:

Here is cute vintage 1960’s maternity dress with lovely and colorful polka dots and rainbow striped.

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Vintage 60s dress Polka dot Chevron A line summer Maternity dress Small

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Maybe a functional item that allows mum to have some me time…reading a book.

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Page Holder. Book Bird. Thumb book holder. Page Pal. Book Buddy. Book Holder. Victorian Ash

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew said:

I loved it when I had my babies, recieving hand made items. I especially loved the quilts/blankets that baby could use for play time on the floor.

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Baby quilt, pram quilt, floor play , chicken quilt, chook quilt, baby blanket, newborn gift, farm animal quilt

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset said:

How about a little positivity hanging in the nursery or child’s room. A simple reminder that you are loved, to be happy, smile, dream, and love your family.

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Wall Decor Family UpCycled Cottage Chic We Are Family Laugh, Love, Smile, Faith, Dream, Imagine Believe Gold and Yellow Wall Hanging Gift

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium said:

After the excitement of welcoming my own sweet little bundles and now having had the joy of six precious grandchildren, I always feel a little sentimental when I think of a new baby arriving.

Here is a bit of nostalgia for the new one’s nursery decor — “Wish Upon A Star” nursery rhyme collectible plate.

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Wish Upon A Star Plate, Collectible, Baby Gift, Nursery Decor, Home Decor, Blue

SosoMe from Sosomeshop said:

Congrats on your latest addition to your family.
My novelty lady figure cushion is not only a stylish addition to any home but is also perfect for Mums, Dads, and babies because of its unique design which can act as a comfy resting spot for the baby and also act as a comfy neck support for you when you most need it.

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Novelty African print lady figure cushion ankara pillow accessories handmade gifts for the home gifts for men and women

Many thanks for all the great shares!

Until next time,

Sheila

Home Luxuries

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We all like to feel pampered once in a while. What better place to feel this way than Home Sweet Home? We checked in with our teamies to see what they love and/or sell that’s a luxury for at-home use, and here’s what they shared:

Hello everybody!

I’m happy to present you handmade felted shoes made of softest merino (Australia) wool of anthracite colour. Merino wool is the best wool in the world! You feel these shoes like a second skin on your feet and they are perfectly light and tender. The shape is slim, which wraps around your feet. They are soft, perfect for soothing your tired feet at the end of a long day. And the anthracite color is good for every interior also. Sole is made of natural latex.

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Wool slippers Elegant felted ballerina shoes Pointy flats Unique design clogs Anthracite merino

Hi to Everyone,
We want to present a beautiful mustard velvet pillow cover. It can bring color to your house, texture, warmth, design, and comfort.

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Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique says Hi to Everyone, We want to present a beautiful mustard velvet pillow cover. It can bring color to your house, texture, warmth, design, and comfort, Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique

Hi everyone, thanks for opening this lovely thread.

Probably our best-selling little home luxuries are our beautiful leather butterfly and fish key chains. They’re printed using a unique technique on pure leather and padded to be super tactile. They make really wonderful tokens to say, ‘Welcome to your new home’, but are also just a gorgeous pick-me-up to keep in your pocket or as a bag charm when you want a hint of luxury.

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Butterfly key ring / Leather key ring / bag charm – Marmaduke Butterfly

All my creations are based on my mood and my daughter’s mood! These sterling silver napkin rings would make a wonderful gift!

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Napkin rings, sterling silver, butterfly, set of 4, silver 925 serviette rings, wedding gift, silver anniversary, housewarming gift

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

So many times, when making a purchase, home decorating is not at the top of the list of things to buy. Essentials like clothing, food, school supplies, etc. usually take precedence over little things like home decor luxuries. Although these types of items are not at the top of the list, they do make wonderful gift ideas.

One of the favorite home decor items in my shop is the cascading tea cup floral arrangements. These are not only elegant but they are also a conversation piece too. The floral arrangements compliment any room in the house and are quite capable of reminding you about the good things in life every time you look at them.

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Pink Floating Botanical Tea Cup Floral Arrangement | Cascading Tea Cup Floral Arrangement | Recycled Home Decor

SosoMe from Sosomeshop said:

Love your home and give it a little exotic luxury with this multi functional pillow designed in the silhouette of a women made with African inspired cotton fabrics and poly fibre filling all machine washable. The pillow is multi functional because it is not only decorative but also acts as a neck rest in an unconventional way.

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Novelty African print lady figure cushion ankara pillow accessories handmade gifts for the home gifts for men and women

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks said:

A super soft, chunky knit blanket, hand knitted throw made from hand spun super bulky yarn. Perfect for wrapping around your shoulders or simply to add a splash of color to your home.

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Hand Knit Blanket, Brown Blanket, Chunky Knit Blanket, Giant Knit, Extreme Knitting, Super Chunky Knit, ready to ship, Bulky Throw

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Home luuxuries! How about a nice warm bath? You can soak in the tub and wash with these sweet soaps. My mother Pearl never showered but loved to soak in the tub, even when she had trouble getting out! I was there to help!

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Christmas Bath Soaps New Gift Box Set of 4 Vtg 1990’s Virgin Mary Baby Jesus Joseph & Town’s People 5 Oz Bars Cross on Top Religious Gift

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Owning Waterford crystal is definitely a lovely luxury. These champagne flutes make any occasion an enhanced luxury event. Cheers.

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Waterford Champagne Flutes Carnegie Pattern Crystal Wineglasses Vintage Barware New Year’s Eve Celebration Set of Four (4) Champagne Glasses

Many thanks for all the great shares!

Until next time,

Sheila

Make It Metallic

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Metallic is defined as anything made of or looks like its made of metal. Different metals tend to be popular at different times. At this time silver seems to be the hot metallic. I know some who follow the trends, but truthfully its personal preference.

We want to see all your metallics. Tell us all about your metallic item. What is it? What does it do? And so on….

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says metallic means tin! I collect unique tins and I found this fantastic guitar tin. It’s clean, it shines and vibrates as it prepares to play for you! Rock and Roll!

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Electric guitar tin

Gillian from Gillisflowers said I like playing with different papers and often combine them in different ways. For this metallic looking hair comb I layered a VERY fine and delicate tissue paper in shades of blue on to a piece of silver foil paper. I love the finished effect and this hair comb really looks more like metal than paper.

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Rose hair clip

Linda from LazyYVintage states these lovely green metal angel candle holders are a favorite of mine. They have brass candle holder cups and are painted to look like tarnished copper.

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Green metal angel candle holder

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies says being a supplies shop I have lots of metal in my shop!! These swirly beads are my favourite at the moment … I love the way they capture and reflect light due to their flowing shape.

Because of this swirly reflective quality they are not only great for statement jewellery but would also be great for home decor design such as wind chimes!

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Silver swirl beads

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said a lightweight little bag to use for evening is great with a metallic touch! One of these has gold metallic accents with green and the other has silvery metallic with teal. Both make a great gift!

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Metallic evening bag

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we originally created this design for the Net Neutrality protest many years ago now, but we keep it listed to show our support for Net Neutrality. We encourage Etsy sellers to show your advocacy in your Etsy shop and social media. www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Personalization, using any combinations of the designs in our portfolio and fonts we have available in our selection, is included in the cost of the products in our Etsy shop, but we also offer and specialize in commissioned inspired designs including images submitted on request. Submit your own images, have us create an inspired design with your inspiration.

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Net neutrality stainless steel mug

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says this necklace is made from upcycled metal guitar strings wound with a thin metal jewellery wire. The memory wire necklace is also metal, and while the feature bead is plastic it has a statement metal presence.

This is a great gift for the music lover!

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Guitar string necklace with silver bead

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said here is gold gilt vintage 1950s electric alarm clock by Matson it has an ornate ormolu gilt frame with dogwood bird.

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Vintage matson gold gilt clock

Connie from Bungalow42 states the Mardi Gras rainbow of shimmering colors in these dangle earrings will literally go with any party attire. Check out all those cool iridescent colors. No glitter here but rather a metallic finish applied to these most unusual lightly ribbed vintage lucite beads.

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Mardi gras lightweight earrings

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says love I adore metallic … adds fantastic touch to mundane pieces. like the metallic finish on these oval beads –featured in my Christmas ornaments.

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Silver peacock Christmas tree ornament

Tovi from tovisorgaboutique said we print on leather and have a very unique range printing on metallic leather, so our products have a beautiful metallic feature, combined with rich, high-definition print design.

Some of our most popular products include metallic leather clutch bags, cuff wallets, bracelets and this particularly yummy Birds of Paradise tote bag – which features a toucan on one side and a cockatoo on the other.

Leather tote bag

Nancy from EponasCrystals states gold, gold and more gold! This statement ring has layers of golden ball chain and rhinestone cup chain, with Swarovski crystal chatons.

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Rhinestone statement ring

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says my sweet metallic silver flower girl basket will bring smiles to everyone as she walks down the aisle spreading her rose petals. The PERFECT accessory for the PERFECT wedding.

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Flower girl vintage basket

 

Outdoor Entertaining

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many places you can entertain in your home, including in your outdoor spaces. Have a screened porch or deck? Make it a party spot with lighting, decor and so much more.

We want to see all your outdoor entertaining products. Please tell us all about them and how they fit with the theme. How would you use the item? What makes it special?

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says we really enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening during the autumn months, when the sun is going down and the temperatures are dropping. It is a great time to enjoy a cozy outdoor supper!

A pretty table setting adds to the enjoyment of friends & food on the patio! Make a beautiful runner and some matching place mats with our “Easy Pieced Leaves” pattern to create the perfect autumn table!

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MsPDesignsUSA

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said sitting on the back deck in the evening! Let’s light a candle for romantic lighting! We had a large deck built and received 2 wooden adirondack chairs as a gift by my son.

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PearlsVintagebyPam

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states I love decorating my outdoor spaces and especially love accenting with wind chimes and mobiles.

I’ve created this unique wind chime with an eclectic mix of re-purposed jewelry in metallic tones and black, a great accent for a patio, porch or deck!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says this tapas condiment set is ideal for casual outdoor dining! And would make a great foodie gift.

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said our BBQ Tool Sets offer the opportunity to give the kitchen a break and spend time outside and are an excellent gift which can be admired and put to good use. Entertain in the style you design in our Etsy shop! We believe that every gift giving opportunity can become a personalized gift giving experience when you take the time and make the effort to create a custom engraved gift for your gift recipient. We are free spirited artists and employ a variety of skills learned from years of experience to offer our customers what they are looking for, in the style they are looking for, with no reason to look anywhere else. We transform items into artwork with the personalized touch and encourage our customers to turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to be useful and appreciated.

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Rustic And Repurposed

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

What do you have/use that’s cool and rustic — and maybe even repurposed? Tell us your stories! Here’s what our teamies had to say on this subject!

I have been creating elaborate and simple paintings on plain or ornately hung can lids for years now; I like to decorate, with foods in queue for dinners, to furnish my home using things I already have or acquire through basic living.

Here is an example of my artwork that can function as a fan pull, wind chime, garden tag, or holiday ornament depending on the hanging or mounting system.

Thank you for considering this item and enjoy!

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Eco friendly, Coastal Christmas, Recycled gift, Fan pull, lamp pull, Christmas Ornament

I love the little gift boxes I get from other shops with items that I purchsed –adding a bit of old lace and a gemstone flower and voila — we have a cute little trinket box or to use for your gift giving.

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Silver square green /pink acrylic lace gem stone flower gift box – Victorian design – romantic keepsake – button glitz decor – dragonfly

Get ready for romantic lighting in your old fashioned farmhouse and cottage.

There are 3 candle holders. When I was a child my mother said prayers with a silver candelabra with the lights off.

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Wrought Iron Hand-Forged Candelabra Black Central Roped Candlestick Holder With 2 Arms 3 Footed Table Centerpiece Rustic Farmhouse Decor

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Jim grew up on a farm. We still have several old farm implements that are truly rustic and rusty. This old hay baler hook was found in a beautiful house on several acres. The whole inside of the “shop” walls were just full of wonderful rustic, antique, and rusty implements. We’ve kept some, and few have found their way into the Lazy Y.

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Rusty Hay Balers Hook Farm Implement and Tools Industrial Salvage Farmhouse Rustic Metal Hooks Home Decor

We specialize in creating custom inspired designs for any theme including Rustic and look forward to designing a frame for your next picture perfect moment! We have two sections of our shop dedicated to custom framing including frame designs for any theme occasion, destination, or cause for celebration! Frame your moments and share them with the world!

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Rustic Wedding Arrangement Bouquet Picture Frame (Select Frame Size and Orientation) and then Enter Personalized Text & Font Selection

Many thanks for all the cool entries!

Until next time,

Sheila